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Many Elves Make Local Event Successful!

on December 16, 2014 - 7:19am
The gift wrapping table at the annual Children's Christmas Bazaar held during Winterfest 2014 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Photo by TK Thompson
The annual event drew 160 children. Photo by TK Thompson
Children’s Christmas Bazaar Co-chairs

It takes many “elves” to make our community event a huge success! Thank you to everyone who played an “elf” role this year for the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

There were 77 elves who setup, cleaned up, wrapped gifts, greeted and helped children shop, baked

Udall Secures Tech Transfer Provisions For N.M. Labs

on December 15, 2014 - 7:21pm

  • Provisions in defense and appropriations bills increase funding and direct Energy Department to emphasize tech transfer 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today announced that two major bills passed by Congress last week include key reforms he has championed to improve technology transfer at New Mexico's national laboratories and create new businesses and jobs in New Mexico. 

Udall is pushing the federal government to improve its tech transfer efforts to bring to market research being done at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs as well as White Sands Missile Range and the

2015 YMCA Jr. Wrestling Program Registration Opens

on December 15, 2014 - 7:08pm

YMCA News:

The 2015 YMCA Jr. Wrestling program is now open for registration until filled:

  • Season: Jan. 5 to April 17
  • Days: Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • Time: 4-5 p.m.
  • Location: YMCA Gym
  • Grades: 1st - 6th (7th and 8th grade beginners may join, too)
  • Cost: $90 / $60 for Y members (Optional Tournaments at additional cost)

This is an excellent fundamental development and optional competitive program for collegiate style wrestling for youth with any or no experience in the sport. Come by the Y to register or contact Jeremy Smith at 505.662.3100 for more information.

State Supreme Court Reverses Environment Department’s Attempt To Block AG From Water-Rule Hearings

on December 15, 2014 - 7:01pm

  • Court allows hearing to remain in Roswell in split decision

The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously struck down the Water Quality Control Commission’s unprecedented decision to block the Attorney General’s Office from upcoming hearings on the rule that protects New Mexico water from industrial dairy waste.  

On another issue, a writ filed by New Mexico Environmental Law Center representing Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, the court, in a split decision, allowed the commission to hold its only hearing on the dairy rule in Roswell.

The Sierra Club wants a hearing in Roswell,

New Faces At Los Alamos Co+op

on December 15, 2014 - 6:43pm

New Co+op Front End Manager Jose Peraita and Deli Manager Theresa Westfall. Courtesy photo

CO+OP News:

The Co+op hired two new senior managers this week including Front End Manager Jose Peraita and Deli Manager Theresa Westfall. They will start their new roles at the Co+op later this month.

Peraita currently works in the Co+op Deli and has fully embraced the spirit of co-ops in his interactions with customers and staff. He will take over as front end manager from Tim Morrison who was part of the original management team. Morrison is leaving the Co+op to start graduate school abroad.

Creative District Community Chalkboard Erected On Central Avenue In Downtown Los Alamos

on December 15, 2014 - 3:41pm

The Los Alamos Creative District has placed a community chalkboard on Central Avenue near CB FOX Kids as a way to foster community involvement in various topics. Fuller Lodge Art Center Executive Director Ken Nebel is in charge of posing questions - the first of which is 'I go downtown because...' The chalkboard was designed and constructed by the County's Public Works Department. Chalk is in containers attached to the chalkboard and the community is invited to write their answers to the questions. Photo by Chris Clark/ 

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Install New Officers For 2015-2016

on December 15, 2014 - 12:29pm
New LAFRW officers from left, Bethany Douglas-President, Nancy Bliss-Secretary and Terry Marzili-Treasurer and Sadie Boyer-NMFRW Region A Director. Courtesy photo
LAFRW members and officers from left, Mary Brooks, Sadie Boyer, Donna MacDonald, Robin Scroggins, Janet Hall, Terry Marzili, Bethany Douglas, Kelly Benner, Shirley-Raye Redmond, and Nancy Bliss. Courtesy photo
The LAFRW met Thursday, Dec. 11 for its annual Holiday Luncheon.

New Paseo Del Norte/I-25 Interchange Opens Tonight

on December 15, 2014 - 12:16pm


ALBUQUERQUE — At 8:30 p.m. today, Gov. Susana Martinez, alongside local and federal officials, will open the brand new Paseo Del Norte/Interstate 25 interchange.

Martinez’s administration worked with the Legislature to secure $30 million for the project, which was then combined with additional funding from the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and the federal government. This critical transportation infrastructure project was completed on budget and on time.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry, City Councilor Dan Lewis, Bernalillo County Commissioner Lonnie C.

County Turning Off Streetlights To Enhance Farolitos Viewing

on December 15, 2014 - 12:04pm


The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos.

The streetlights will be turned off Wednesday, Dec. 24 and will be restored Friday, Dec. 26.

For safety purposes, the County requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the time that lights will be off. If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos.

SFCC: Summer Study Abroad Program In Spain

on December 15, 2014 - 8:57am

Community Invited To Lunch With Joe Illick

on December 15, 2014 - 8:48am
Artistic Director of Performance Santa Fe Joe Illick. Courtesy photo
SFOG News:

Artistic Director of Performance Santa Fe and Music Director of the Fort Worth Opera Joe Illick is presenting a talk on Commissioning New Opera: Finding the Mozarts, Verdis and Puccinis of the 21ST Century.

The community is invited to attend Illick’s talk, which is at a luncheon at noon Thursday, Jan. 15 at Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.

Reservations must be made by Jan. 8 and are $25 for Guild members and $30 for guests. A vegetarian option is available and a no host bar. 

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Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Theory of Everything'

on December 15, 2014 - 8:30am
Los Alamos

“The Theory of Everything” tells the story of Steven Hawking and his first wife, Jane, who met while they were students at Cambridge. The movie is based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Steven. With the help of the memoir, we gain insight into a more human and emotional side of the famous physicist.

Movie poster for 'The Theory of Everything.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Hawking was diagnosed with a form of ALS in 1963 while working on his doctorate. He and Jane had, by then, fallen in love.

Los Alamos Names New Laboratory Fellows For 2014

on December 15, 2014 - 8:15am

LANL News:
  • Honorees span sciences in physics, astrophysics, chemistry

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows list expands by five this week as a new group of high achievers is named.

The honorees this year are Christopher L. Fryer, Herbert O. Funsten, John C. Gordon, Jaqueline L. Kiplinger and David S. Moore.

“The sustained scientific excellence demonstrated by the work of Chris, Herb, John, Jaqueline and David exemplifies the outstanding people and capabilities we apply to today’s national security mission, and positions the Laboratory to be prepared to meet future challenges,”

Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League State Qualifier Saturday At LAMS Gym

on December 15, 2014 - 7:36am

FLL News:

Everyone is invited to attend the Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League (FLL) New Mexico State Qualifier starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Los Alamos Middle School gymnasium.

FLL introduces 4th-8th graders to the fun and excitement of science and technology with a yearly LEGO robot challenge. This competition is a high-energy, sports-like event. Come and cheer on local teams as they show off what their robots can do!

The event is hosted by Project Y, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4153, and sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Security.


Yang: Artist-Entrepreneur Nexus

on December 15, 2014 - 7:35am

Artist-Entrepreneur Nexus
Los Alamos

The knowing-doing gap infects the majority of us, at least occasionally if not frequently. Sometimes, it’s a matter of exercising our will to push ourselves into action, but more often than not, the stumbling block transcends willpower.

Recently, I came across a short article in a small town, advising artists to treat their artwork as a business enterprise. Self-promotion, learning different 21st century tools to market the art, attending to tax issues, hiring an accountant or bookkeeper, and so on.

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Establish Tech Transfer Maturation Program

on December 15, 2014 - 7:34am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 2973, the National Laboratory Technology Maturation Act.

The bill would launch a new National Laboratory Technology Maturation Program (NLTMP) at the U.S. Department of Energy to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed technologies.

The new program would provide funding to each national laboratory to be used by small businesses with a licensed technology from a laboratory, such as Sandia National Laboratories or Los

LANL Employees Mentor Students In Hour Of Code

on December 14, 2014 - 8:56pm

Mountain Elementary School students participate in the annual Hour of Code Thursday afternoon with Los Alamos National Laboratory volunteers at Mountain Elementary. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost

With the help of LANL volunteers, Mountain Elementary students participate in Hour of Code Thursday. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost


With the help of several Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, students at Mountain, Chamisa and Pinon Elementary schools and Los Alamos Middle School participated in the biggest educational event in history, Computer Science Education Week's

Honey The Dog Needs A Home

on December 14, 2014 - 2:51pm

Honey the dog. Courtesy/FOS


Honey is a sweet and pretty spayed female Anatolian shepherd mix, now ready for a home that has time to enjoy exercising with her and making her a part of the family.

Shelter volunteers are teaching Honey good behavior, such as keeping all four paws on the floor and not running out of the kennel door when it’s opened. Her new training will make her the perfect addition to any home. For a personalized introduction, call her sponsor at 505.501.0790.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets;

Letter to the Editor: Tagline List Decidedly Too Clever

on December 14, 2014 - 2:26pm

SFI Seminar: Evolutionary Computation For Artificial Life Dec. 15

on December 14, 2014 - 2:24pm
Nicholas Cheney, Cornell University
SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents the SFI Seminar, Evolutionary Computation for Artificial Life: The Role of Complex Morphology and Soft Robotics in AI, at 12:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15 in the Collins Conference Room, 1499 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Abstract: Despite significant interest in the use of evolutionary algorithms to optimize the brains of robots, the bodies of these evolved creatures tend to be static, and closely resemble those used decades ago.

Reprimanded Los Alamos Surgeon Practicing In Iowa

on December 14, 2014 - 1:24pm

John Dirk Wassner, M.D.


Former Los Alamos surgeon John Dirk Wassner was granted reinstatement of his permanent Iowa medical license subject to a Consent Agreement Dec. 8.

Wassner, 67, who studied medicine at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, was disciplined by the New Mexico Medical Board, which issued him a public reprimand Oct. 3, 2013 for failing to report an adverse action taken by a healthcare entity in violation of the New Mexico Medical Practice Act.    

Under the terms of the Dec.

New Mexico’s Drug Overdose Fatality Rate Drops 16 Percent

on December 14, 2014 - 10:06am

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced New Mexico’s drug overdose fatality rate decreased 16 percent between 2011 and 2013.

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Mexico’s drug overdose fatality rate decreased from first in the nation in 2009 to third in 2012. New Mexico has now fallen below West Virginia and Kentucky in drug overdose death rates. This is the first time since 1992 that New Mexico has not been ranked first or second nationally in drug overdose fatality rate.

“New Mexico continues to

Overnight Snow Blankets Los Alamos Area

on December 14, 2014 - 10:04am

Overnight snow blankets the Los Alamos area including Urban Park. Photo by Chris Clark/

School Board Filing Date Approaches

on December 14, 2014 - 9:55am
LAPS Superintendent
Los Alamos School Board positions 3, 4 and 5 are open for filing a Declaration of Candidacy (available at the County Clerk’s Office). Candidates must file between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday in December, Dec. 16 at the Office of the County Clerk. Residents missing this filing date could choose to file before 5 p.m., Dec. 30, a Declaration of Intent to be a Write-in Candidate.

“My time on the School Board has been a rewarding experience and I would encourage others to get more involved in our community,” Nan Holmes said, adding, “Having a